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Guto Requena: Cyber-architect

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São Paulo-based architect Guto Requena is talking a stand against ugly, standardized buildings. He rejects the definition of "modernity" as minimalistic, all white, and Jetsons-esque, instead designing spaces that can be flexible and multifunctional.

Tour his studio's lush outdoor oasis, and discover how his focus on process proves to be so much stronger than surface, aesthetic beauty.

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Cyber-architect.

Name: Guto Requena
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Profession: Architect, founder of Estúdio Guto Requena, set designer, product designer, professor
Notable works: Google Brazil headquarters (2012); Nóize Chairs (2012); Edifício Brasil apartment project with Marcelo Rosenbaum (2011-2014); interactive space for D3 Design Studio (2011); the "Play" collection for Bertolucci (2011); What Makes A House A Home? (2011); Hot Hot Nightclub (2010); Bohemian Cyborg (2007),
Awards and achievements: Winner of “The Best of Architecture – 2010” Prize for Brazilian nightclub Hot Hot; Screenwriter and host of Brazilian television show "Nos Trinques"; member of the architecture collective "Whydesign"
Photo by Victor Affaro.